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Renaissance Art Reconsidered: An Anthology of Primary Sources [Paperback]

Carol M. Richardson , Kim W. Woods , Michael W. Franklin
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22 Dec 2006 1405146419 978-1405146418 1
Renaissance Art Reconsidered showcases the aesthetic principles and the workaday practices guiding daily life through these years of extraordinary human achievement. A major new anthology, bringing to life the places, works, media, and issues that define Renaissance art Ideal for use on Renaissance studies courses and for reference by students of art history Moves beyond the borders of Italy to consider European, Mediterranean, and post Byzantine art, widening the traditional focus of Renaissance art Includes letters, treatises, contracts, inventories, and other public documents, many of which are translated into English for the first time in this volume Showcases the aesthetic principles and the workaday practices guiding daily life through these years of extraordinary human achievement, providing crucial insight into the art and the context in which it was produced.

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  • Paperback: 472 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 1 edition (22 Dec 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405146419
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405146418
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.3 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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The text is well written and informative without being overly technical or employing excessive terminology. ( Association of Art Historians 2009) Renaissance Art Reconsidered is rich in detail and broad in scope, but its most important accomplishment is its conveyance of individual attitudes on the great value placed on all forms of art. It provides a view of what was expected both throughout the creative process and in the end result. This anthology gives us insight into the needs and problems of the creative process of the artists, patrons, and viewers of the Renaissance. ( Sixteenth Century Journal , Winter 2008)

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Renaissance Art Reconsidered: An Anthology of Primary Sources offers an intimate glimpse into the reality of making art, and the geographical, material and theoretical factors that shaped artistic production between 1400 and 1530. This book widens the traditional Italian focus of Renaissance art history, considering texts from northern Europe and the Mediterranean alongside texts relating to Italian art. Unprecedented in its range, this collection brings together a wide variety of contracts, extracts from treatises, letters, diaries, wills and other important documents, many of which are translated into English for the first time, to provide crucial insight into the art and the context in which it was produced.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Very Interesting 31 Dec 2009
By Biff VINE VOICE
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Designed specifically for an Open University course this book is nevertheless of interest to the general reader.

It covers a wide range of documents not all of which were interesting. I particularly enjoyed those relating to guild rules and management but the book covers many more topics including tapestries, architecture and of course painting and worksop practices.

To have access to translations of original documents provides a fascinating insight into the world of renaissance art.

You can dip in and out at your leasure as the chapters are organised by themes and not related to each other in any esential way.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful book 3 May 2013
By Lil
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This has been a godsend for my studying of renaissance art as well as the use of myth down the ages
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4.0 out of 5 stars A very valuable (teaching and learning) tool 3 April 2009
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This volume cleverly allows everyone interested in the Renaissance to go beyond textbooks, readers and other kind of monographies to read translated extracts from original Renaissance period documents. Since texts are grouped in thematic ensemble and each text is presented in a brief contextual introduction, this ensemble of primary documents should be of great value to teachers and students at various levels, and possibly in different disciplines.

Possible objectives could be not only the furthering of Renaissance understanding, but also the acquisition of a critical approach towards Renaissance secondary sources, and the analysis of the art historical discourse on the period, under the light provided by these original sources.
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5.0 out of 5 stars superb 12 Feb 2012
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Bought for my OU course , its part of the required reading and reference. Even though its required its a superb book in its own right.
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